Ask the Experts: Embossing Tips

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By Card Making & Scrapbooking Contributor

Peg Rounds

From Peg’s Crafting Corner

Cuttlebug Embossing Machine

Q: Do I really need a die cut/embossing machine?

A:  While it’s not absolutely necessary, it is a very handy tool to have especially if you want to create your own embellishments, focal points, etc.  It is, also, helpful to do embossing with as it takes out a lot of the work.  It’s one tool I highly recommend.

Bo Bunny Blossoms


Q: Do you have any suggestions for placing flowers on my projects?

A:  One key idea to keep in mind when putting flowers on a project is to use only odd numbers of them.  This helps to balance the entire look.  Fill in open areas with other items such as leaves or vines.  Don’t be afraid to play around with the look before placing it on your project.

Wood Block and Ink


Q: Can I stamp and emboss on wood?  What ink would I use?

A:  Versamark Ink can be used to stamp and then heat emboss with embossing powder onto wood items or use Memento Luxe for just stamping on a project.

Paper Accents Vellum

Q: When I do embossing on vellum it’s hard to see.  What can I do to make it show?

A:  Outline the image in marker on the back side of the vellum to bring it out.  A white marker really looks good for such things as snowflakes.

Spellbinders M-Bossabilities Cabbage Rose


Q: Some of my embossing folders tear the paper.  How can I stop that?

A:  Lightly mist the paper with water using a mister bottle before running it through.  You can, also, add a piece of vellum or a piece of printer paper in the embossing folder on each side of the paper you want to emboss.  Wax paper also works well placed inside the folder surrounding the paper.

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About Peg

Peg Rounds lives in East Moline, Illinois with her husband and best friend, Kevin and their son Josh and 2 dogs. She was an elementary school teacher turned stay at home mom, and later a home school mom. Over the years, she designed cakes on the side and went to school to become a certified chocolatier. She always has loved to craft since she was young and it was something that she wanted to be doing, but set it aside due to her busy life. After 15 years of doing cakes she decided it was time to stop and focus more on her family. She began doing layouts, then cards and it went from there. Before she knew it, next to spending time with her family, she spent every free moment creating something and blogging about it. One thing led to another and here she is today! Check out Peg's blog, Peg's Crafting Corner to see what else she has been up to!

One thought on “Ask the Experts: Embossing Tips

  1. L.r. Smith

    I love my Cricut… I have to admit I only use it for embossing.. but I seriously would NOT be with out it in my crafting arsenal.. sooooo many things and possibilities with it for sure! <3

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